Lesbian representation in Japanese film - ANU Japanese studies seminar series

Representative media forms, such as film, have the remarkable power to inform and define identity. Without representation in some kind of media, we lose a sense of self and begin to doubt the existence of others who are the same. This kind of representation in Japan is crucial in the case of sexual minorities, who so rarely see themselves depicted in the media - contributing to a sense of invisibility. Through an investigation of lesbian portrayals in three Japanese films (Manji, Love My Life and Topless), this seminar endeavors to map out a chronology of the negotiation of lesbian visibility in the dominant heteronormative context of Japan.

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